Residents frustrated with power outages that last for hours

2015-06-25 10:14

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RESIDENTS in Masukwana (East) Street say they are “fed up” with power outages lasting almost 18 hours a day.

Residents from the Goodwill Courts flat in Masukwana Street said they don’t mind the usual load shedding, but when electricity is only restored hours later, they are left “frustrated”.

“We are not very happy people here. The power outages last so long that we are not able to cook or do anything and when the lights eventually do come on, it’s at odd hours when we have already made alternate arrangements for food,” said an irate Zaheera Sheik.

Sheik said the power outages during the time of Ramadaan are especially frustrating as there is no electricity when Muslim residents are preparing their first meal of the day.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said the long-lasting power outages are a result of a number of factors.

“Load shedding is usually two hours per session as per schedule; however, faults that develop afterwards are caused mainly by the opening and closing of our equipment during load shedding, and we have seen that happen in some suburbs,” said Madonda.

She added that areas such as Masukwana Street and Copesville are “mostly affected” by illegal electricity connections from the nearby informal settlements.

“This has been written about so many times, yet it’s still happening. Our electricity department together with the security department and at times SAPS do go out on site to remove these illegal connections,” said Madonda

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